The Challenge Fund
Who we are
The Challenge Fund (1079181) raises fund to support projects that improve cancer healthcare to patients in low- and middle- income countries and help reduce their suffering by:
- Providing new cancer treatment resources, including chemotherapy drugs and anti-bacteria drugs
- Training local nurses and doctors in cancer prevention, early cancer detection and cancer treatment
- Raising the local awareness about cancer in order to encourage prevention and early diagnosis
- Establishing effective palliative care services for terminally ill cancer patients
- Increase the knowledge of cancer incidence and mortality through effective cancer registration
Currently, the charity is supporting the following three programmes:-
Burkitt lymphoma treatment programme in Uganda: The INCTR BL treatment programme (www.inctr.org) has treated over 650 patients (making it the biggest cohort of treated children with the disease in Africa) and has achieved an overall survival rate of 60%. The BL team is aiming to improve on this. Treatment is quick and inexpensive: the cost of treating a child with the necessary chemotherapy and supporting drugs is under £200.
Palliative care programme in Nepal: The Hospice Nepal (www.projecthospicenepal.org.uk) aims to improve children's palliative care, rural and community care, medical education and the implementation of the National Plan for Palliative Care in Nepal.
Cancer registration programme in sub-Saharan Africa:The African Cancer Registry Network (www.afcrn.org) aims to improve the effectiveness of cancer surveillance in sub Saharan Africa by providing expert evaluation of current problems and technical support to remedy identified barriers, with long-term goals of strengthening health systems and creating research platforms for the identification of problems, priorities, and targets for intervention.